Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has predicted in The Mirror that Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli would enjoy working with Sam Allardyce for the England national football team.
According to The Mirror, current Sunderland manager Allardyce is in line to take charge of the England national football team.
England are looking for a new head coach following the departure of Roy Hodgson at the end of the disappointing 2016 European Championship in France this summer.
It has been reported by The Mirror that former Newcastle United and West Ham United boss Allardyce is in pole position to become the new Three Lions’ head coach.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore believes that Manchester United forward Rooney and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alli would enjoy working with the Englishman in the England set-up.
Wayne Rooney celebrates with Marcus Rashford after scoring for Manchester United
“He knows what fans want and players like Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli would enjoy working with him, just as Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff did at Bolton,” Collymore wrote about Allardyce in The Mirror.
“They weren’t in their prime when Big Sam took them to the north west. But they were still big stars and neither would have performed as they did had he not convinced them he knew what he was on about.
“Rooney and Co would, I think, give Allardyce the respect he deserves, given the number of games he has managed.”
Dele Alli celebrates after scoring for Tottenham
Both Rooney and Alli featured for England at the 2016 European Championship in France this summer.
The United forward scored one goal and created 10 chances in four matches for the Three Lions at the Euro 2016 finals.
The 30-year-old had a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and won eight headers and two tackles.
Alli created six chances in four matches for England at the 2016 European Championship in France.
The 20-year-old Tottenham midfielder had a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 13%, and won five headers, nine dribbles and three headers.